I had a 30 minute drive home from the ballpark to the Sheldon Cave and did some thinking about Tuesday’s game. There was a lot to remember and it was certainly one of the more memorable games of the 2012 season.
Aroldis Chapman punctuated the night with a double roll somersault off of the mound. (Here is Mark Clements’ post-game story on the moment, with the video)
It was an honest moment of pure joy and fun from a guy who was badly in need of a positive outing. But I can see why it was not received well in the clubhouse.
A few years ago when I covered the Twins, a then-young Carlos Silva notched his first complete game with a shutout of the Angels. In a moment of euhporia and celebration, Silva heaved the game ball into the upper deck at the Metrodome. The Twins were not remotely pleased. Not only could Silva have injured a fan with the ball, he could have been construed as showing up the team he just vanquished — per the list of baseball’s “unwritten rules.”
As for Chapman, he could have injured himself and, he too could have been construed as showing up the team he just vanquished. The last thing the Reds would want is to have one of their hitters get buzzed in retaliation on Wednesday.
At worst, it was a teaching moment. Chapman got a talking to from pitching coach Bryan Price behind the scenes. He was alone at his locker looking forelorn and I saw Jay Bruce speak with him at length.
I personally don’t think Chapman was trying to show up the Brewers. But I can guarantee that the next time he records a save after a rough stretch, he will know to just shake hands and move on.